A.D. COOK, Contemporary Artist

Original Artworks on Canvas and Metal

My Latest Painting:

BRICKYARD BULL
Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corsa

urethane on metal : 40″ x 60″ : 2021 : private collection

all works on this website were created by hand with traditional media and tools;
pencils, paint, mixed media, airbrushes, paintbrushes, and assorted power tools

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

— Vincent Van Gogh

My Story

A.D. Cook headshotI feel blessed to have discovered my passion for art at an early age. Growing up, there was hardly a moment when I wasn’t drawing. Later, I learned to paint with various mediums and honed my skills with pencils, brushes, and airbrushes to create epic murals and artworks.

For me, art is a never-ending journey. I’m honored to share my journey, dreams, and memories with you here.

[ my story, continued ]

Luster Exhibition

The birth of the modern car occurred in Germany over 150 years ago. The first internal combustion, a petroleum-fueled motorcycle, came out of Germany 25 years later. In the United States, the Henry Ford Company was established in 1901. A year later, it morphed into Cadillac Motor Company, which Ford left, along with his name’s rights. A new Ford Motor Company emerged in 1903 in Detroit with backing from a dozen investors, including the Dodge brothers. The same year, 1903, Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its chief rival was the Indian Motorcycle Co. which had already emerged two years earlier, in 1901, from a bicycle manufacturer in Springfield, Massachusetts. Much has changed since those early automotive years, but perhaps nothing more so than styling in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, and America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles, which expressed itself artistically and culturally in so many ways.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways and in the film, top forty hits, and in painting. With the emergence of photo-realism in the 1960s, motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in American art’s iconography.

David J Wagner, museum curator

museum tour 2018 through 2022

LUSTER: REALISM AND HYPERREALISM IN CONTEMPORARY AUTOMOBILE AND MOTORCYCLE PAINTINGS

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